EXPERTS are hosting a public Zoom meeting to discuss the future of education in and beyond lockdown.

On Monday, the Brighton and Hove branch of the National Education Union is hosting a free Zoom web seminar for parents and teachers in the city.

The panel includes Brighton MPs Caroline Lucas and Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Dr Mary Bousted of the NEU, Cath Fisher from the group Save Our Schools and Alison Ali from the primary school campaign group More Than A Score.

Topics will include the reopening of schools, assessment of pupils and what level of education schools and parents can realistically be expected to provide during lockdown.

Paul Shellard, NEU Brighton and Hove Secretary said: “Providing care and education during the pandemic has been a major challenge and brought to the fore many important issues about how education is provided, the values underpinning it and the type of system that educators, parents and children deserve in the future.

“This event provides an opportunity to talk not only about how schools should operate when it is safe for them to re-open, but also whether the high-stakes testing regime and punitive inspection system are working for or against educational achievement for all our children.

“We are hoping that this is the start of a conversation about how we can build a consensus about what our education system should look like.

“We welcome challenging questions from parents so that we can have an open and honest debate.”

You can register in advance for the meeting, which takes place at 4pm at